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By: Wayne Shepard, Director, Office for the Aging

The first day of fall is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day.  However, Delaware County Office for the Aging will be recognizing National Fall Prevention Awareness on Saturday, September 27, at the Harvest Festival in front of Delaware County Public Health building.

It is a myth that falling is a natural process of aging.  Most falls can be prevented.  Fall is a good time to remember to take action on preventing falls in order to maintain independence in your home.

Stay Active and Healthy to prevent falls:

  • Simple exercise, like walking or swimming at least 15 minutes a day.

  • Consider a Matter of Balance Program.*

  • Consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise routine or program.

  • Talk to your health care provider about your history of falls.

  • At each medical appointment ask your primary care provider or pharmacist about the side effects of medications that may increase your risk for falls.

  • Schedule an annual vision and hearing examination.

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of non-alcoholic liquids each day to prevent dehydration, low blood pressure, fatigue and confusion.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and dairy.

Around the Home:

Fall prevention starts at home.  Take a moment to review below some common items that could actually cause/prevent a fall in the home.

  • Throw rugs cause slips, trips and falls.

  • Proper lighting is important.  Install a night light or lights along the route from the bedroom to the bathroom.

  • Avoid storing items on stairs or hand rails.

  • Arrange furniture so there is always a clear pathway between rooms.

  • Place a telephone next to the bed.

  • Store food, cooking utensils and dishes within reach.

  • Invest in a folding step-stool with a hand rail in order to access out of reach items.

  • Install grab bars on bathroom walls near the bathtub, shower or toilet.

  • Consider using a shower bench in the bathtub if you are unsteady.

  • Consider looking into an “in-home emergency response system,” i.e Link-to-Life.

In taking the time to make some of the above suggested modifications, you will most likely be able to maintain your independence and prevent a fall from occurring.

*For further information on the Matter of Balance Program available in Delaware County feel free to either meet an Office for the Aging representative at the Harvest Festival or contact Office for the Aging at 607-746-6333.


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Vision Statement for the Delaware County Office For The Aging
The Year 2020

Proposed by the Delaware County Office For The Aging Advisory Board
Drafted by the Vision Committee, January 12, 2012

  • We see an environment in Delaware County that encourages and enables older adults to make educated life choices.

  • We see an era of sensitivity toward our environment, diminishing natural resources and changing economy and its impact on future generations.

  • We see barrier-free access to comprehensive health care and supportive services.

  • We see the implementation of a transportation and communication network that supports the needs of older adults.

  • We see Delaware County with safe, affordable, and comfortable housing for older adults.

  • We see an environment that nurtures cross generational engagement through both human contact and technology.

  • We see a caring support system that promotes dignity and independence for older adults.

  • We see an environment that supports persons in care giving and other family obligations.

  • We see older adults playing an integral part in the life of the community where they are an accepted and respected part of society.

  • Since older adults impact the entire Delaware County community in all its complexity and since the entire community affects all older adults, we see this vision statement as one of a comprehensive vision for the future of Delaware County.


The Delaware County Office For The Aging welcomes donations to help maintain and expand its services to the elderly. Please make checks payable to: Delaware County Office For The Aging and send to us at 6 Court Street, Delhi, NY 13753.

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Delaware County Office For The Aging ◦  6 Court Street ◦ Delhi, NY 13753 ◦ 607-746-6333